**Math Ed 117**

**Critical
Review of School Mathematics**

**Spring 2010**

**Professor:** Blake
E. Peterson **Class** **Time:** MWF 10:00-11:50 a.m.

**Office:** 193B
TMCB **Classroom:** 173
TMCB

**email:** peterson@mathed.byu.edu **Office Hours:** MWF 9:00-10:50 a.m.

**phone**: 422-7784 and
by appointment

**Website: **www.mathed.byu.edu/~peterson

**Course Goals:** The purpose of this
course is two fold:

1.
*To allow you to
develop rich conceptions of some of the mathematics you may teach as a
secondary mathematics teacher.* You will do this by reviewing some of the
important mathematical ideas you encountered in middle school and reconsidering
them from a new perspective. In particular, you will investigate the topics of
fractions, integers, and algebra from a conceptual orientation that focuses on
relationships between quantities and actions on quantities. You will develop
specific mathematical images to help you make sense of many of the rules and
procedures you have learned for fractions, integers, and algebra. These images
will be extremely helpful to you when you teach, because they will give you new
ways of thinking about mathematics.

2.
*To allow you to
reconsider your beliefs about mathematics and mathematics teaching*. As you
investigate the mathematics topics in this course and develop new conceptions
and understandings, you will have the opportunity to reconsider your beliefs
about what constitutes mathematics, mathematical understanding and activity,
and mathematics learning and teaching.** **

**Text:** None.

**Grading: **Homework 150
pts

Better
2 of 3 Midterms (150 pts each) 300
pts

Other 1 of 3 Midterm Exams 100
pts

Final
Exam __250
pts__

Total 800 pts

100-93% A 76-73% C

92-90% A- 72-70% C-

89-87% B+ 69-67% D+

86-83% B 66-63% D

82-80% B- 62-60% D-

79-77% C+ 59-0% F

**Homework**: Homework will be assigned
almost every class period and will be collected the following class period. The homework will be scored 50% for quantity and 50%
for quality. The lowest homework score will be dropped so **no **late homework will be accepted.

**Exams:** There will be three midterm exams and a
comprehensive final. The midterm exams will be given in the testing center and
will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete. The tentative testing beginning
dates are May 10 (Monday), May 24 (Monday) and June 9 (Wednesday) and will run
through the following day. The final will be given on Wednesday June 16 from
9-11am or Thursday June 17 from 1-3 pm.

**Attendance:**

Because
we will be developing a community of learners in which ideas will be shared and
examined, daily attendance is expected.
Class exploration and discussion will be the center of what we do in
class. Thus, our time together in class will require more thoughtful
participation than in a traditional lecture format. Prompt class attendance is crucial. So also, is a willingness to formulate
and ask questions about the mathematics you are learning, being anxiously
engaged in sharing your ways of thinking mathematically, and seeking to
understand the mathematical thinking of others. It is important that we create
an atmosphere where the sharing of ideas is valued and safe, where we donŐt
face ridicule for expressing a lack of understanding or for making
mistakes. Examining mistakes and
misunderstandings are all part of the learning process, and are even necessary
to our growth. Because of the importance of attendance, a 2% grade deduction
will be assessed for each absence past the second one.

**Honor Code Standards**

In
keeping with the principles of the BYU Honor Code, students are expected to be
honest in all of their academic work.
Academic honesty means, most fundamentally, that any work you present as
your own must in fact **be **your own
work and not that of another.
Violations of this principle may result in a failing grade in the course
and additional disciplinary action by the university.

Students are also expected to adhere to the Dress and Grooming Standards. Adherence demonstrates respect for yourself and others and ensures an effective learning and working environment. It is the universityŐs expectation, and my own expectation in class, that each student will abide by all Honor Code standards. Please call the Honor Code Office at 422-2847 if you have questions about those standards.

**Preventing Sexual Discrimination or
Harassment**

Sexual discrimination or harassment (including student-to-student harassment) is prohibited both by the law and by Brigham Young University policy. If you feel you are being subjected to sexual discrimination or harassment, please bring your concerns to the professor. Alternatively, you may lodge a complaint with the Equal Employment Office (D-240C ASB) or with the Honor Code Office (422-2847).

**Students with Disabilities**

If you have a disability that may affect your performance in this course, you should get in touch with the office of Services for Students with Disabilities (1520 WSC). This office can evaluate your disability and assist the professor in arranging for reasonable accommodations.